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Highlights from the new 115th Congress legislative effectiveness scores

March 6, 2019  ·  Craig Volden
The Center for Effective Lawmaking is pleased to announce the release of the Legislative Effectiveness Scores (LES) for the recently completed 115th Congress (2017-18).  As in all previous releases, the scores… Read More

How the political parties leaned on legislative leaders for cash during the 115th Congress

March 5, 2019  ·  Michael Beckel, Amisa Ratliff
One of the open secrets in Washington is that the Democratic and Republican parties both lean on their most powerful legislators to raise extraordinary amounts of campaign cash, often under… Read More

Motions to Recommit: A brief history and reform options

March 4, 2019  ·  Jason Roberts
Republicans in the House of Representatives are using a procedural motion to frustrate the chamber’s Democratic majority. To date, two Republican-sponsored motions to recommit have passed the chamber, even though… Read More

At congressional hearings, let the experts do the talking

March 1, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat, Anthony Marcum
Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing featuring President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen was what many expected it to be: largely scripted, with dramatic and partisan-tailored questions designed either to… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

March 1, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Paul Kane, “How the new class of Democratic lawmakers handled their first week back home,” Washington Post: “After seven weeks in Washington, Congress finally got a break. And no… Read More

The National Emergencies Act of 1976

February 28, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Do you ever get the feeling that your friends and coworkers are talking about an obscure federal statute that you have never heard of before? Have you recently been unable… Read More

Is PACER off the pace?

February 27, 2019  ·  Anthony Marcum
Websites often use paywalls, barring nonpaying readers from viewing their most exclusive content, to generate revenue and gain new subscribers. While many readers expect paywalls when scrolling through the online… Read More

Recent work supports “structured consent” approach to decision-making

February 26, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Nearly ten years ago, I set out to tell a story about the Senate that was not being told. I wanted to understand better how the Senate actually worked at… Read More

You have 48 hours to become a tech expert. If only this office could help

February 25, 2019  ·  Sasha Moss
Silicon Valley loves picking on Washington, D.C., for being inept and slow. But what our friends in the Valley do not acknowledge is that while they can indulge in the… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

February 22, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Sarah Binder, “Three takeaways from Congress’s ability to avoid a shutdown — this time around, at least,” Washington Post: “Thwarted by Congress’s unwillingness to meet his funding demands, the… Read More